Cretan contemporary living by the Aegean
Three stunning new beach front properties have been unveiled by Youphoria Villas in western Crete
Renowned for high-quality stylish residences, Youphoria’s new villas embrace innovative and eco-friendly architecture and utilise the finest furnishings and installations. The luxury villas – now open for guests – have been uniquely designed to accommodate both intimate parties and families, or larger groups of friends, yet still retain peace and privacy.
Set on the shoreline at Korfalonas beach, overlooking Kissamos Bay and the wonderful warm turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, the emphasis is on luxury, relaxation and an alfresco lifestyle.
A 50-minute drive from the nearest airport and a few kilometres away from the beautiful Venetian harbour town of Chania, the new villas enjoy a privileged position on Korfalonas beach just a few steps from the waters of Kissamos Bay. A mere 2km from Kissamos Town, they sit in an area of western Crete and are ideally situated for taking a boat out to Gramvousa or Balos, dining in local fish tavernas, visiting nearby beaches such as Falasarna or exploring the island’s gorges and archaeological sites. The area is rich in natural wildlife with sandpipers, herons, falcons and other birds of prey hovering close to the beach, which is perfect for snorkelling, swimming and fishing, or simply relaxing and taking in the Aegean panorama.
Featuring open-plan living, dining and kitchen areas, they have a large outdoor living space – with all-day sunshine around the pool – and grassed areas suitable for children to play on.the villas are perfectly located for exploring the fabulous sandy beaches, amazing archaeological sites and rugged natural landscape of western Crete. With a concierge-led service, the villas take their names from aspects of the landscape: Votsalo (pebbles), Ammos (sand), and Meltemi (Aegean breeze), with each having its own individually designed living space with outdoor entertaining, dining and relaxing in mind.
The three new villas are an addition to Youphoria’s eight established Sea View villas, which cascade down a nearby hillside overlooking the Gramvousa Peninsula and Kissamos Bay. The Sea View villas won the silver award for architecture in the 2016 Greek Tourism Awards.
Youphoria Villas are owned by the Gialamarakis family, who also run the boutique-style Mistral hotel at nearby Maleme, which specialises in sociable holidays for the independent solo traveller.
The semi-detached villas, set in landscaped gardens and grassed areas, each have their own style and privacy, but are connected by internal doors and can be rented as individual properties or in any combination of Votsalo (sleeps 7), Ammos (sleeps 5) and Meltemi (sleeps 5) for extended parties. Votsalo and Ammos have private infinity pools, while Meltemi enjoys spectacular views of the White Mountains… and has its own private wine collection.
“We place contemporary luxury living at the heart of our properties, with Youphoria Villas reflecting the true essence of Cretan life and hospitality,” owner Vassilis Gialamarakis told Essential Journeys. “All our villas are within easy reach of splendid beaches such as Falasarna – voted one of the top five beaches in Greece – lovely tavernas, rural Cretan villages, wondrous landscapes, shops and the Venetian harbour town of Chania.”
Bookings are now being taken for the Beach Front villas of Votsalo, Ammos and Meltemi, and there is availability for the Sea View villas. Prices start (per night for each villa) from 500 euros (Beach Front) and 300 euros (Sea View).
For more information, and to book, visit www.youphoriavillascrete.com